Daily Delight

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December 1, 2012. Four years ago this week, I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. On each spiritual birthday, two thoughts fill my mind. One is of pure joy and gratitude for His invention in my life. The second is how I wish I’d known Him sooner.

I became born again shortly after I turned 30. I always thought when I turned 30, big things were going to happen. I would get married, be happy and secure in my career and have my own home. Essentially, those milestones were what I thought—and what society told me—I needed to feel settled and content in my life. Well, as it turned out, I couldn’t check off any of those items on my 30th birthday.

But as He often does, God surprises us. Something big did happen when I turned 30. Jesus did.

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. –Revelation 3:20 (NIV)

Jesus was knocking persistently and waiting patiently at my door all those years. And in my thirtieth year, I answered the door and welcomed Him in. 

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. –Isaiah 43:18 (NIV)

When I dwell on all those years I didn’t know Christ, I question His plan for me. The good, bad and in between parts of the past all led me into His arms! In fact, when I try to recall certain moments of my life before I knew Him, I have trouble remembering what happened and how I felt. I become confused—how could I forget?

Jesus replied, No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.
–Luke 9:62 (NIV)

God doesn’t want us to look back! Yes, our old lives led us to Him and we can use past experiences to disciple and emphasize with others, but dwelling on the bad choices or poor decisions—God doesn’t desire that for us!

Are you holding onto the past? Rest in the truth that your heavenly Father has already forgiven you and that you were so worth the wait. And if you hear Him knocking, go ahead and let Him in.


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About the Author


Lindsay Weiskittel≫ ≫ Raised in the Mitten state, Lindsay’s love for the written word began at a very young age—in fact, you could often find her with a pad of paper, penning what she dreamed would someday become the next great American novel. After graduating college, a new adventure awaited in NYC, where she pursued a career in book publishing. Almost four years later, God called her back home to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she currently resides and works as a writer and editor. Many things bring Lindsay joy these days, including fellowship with her friends, cheering on the Michigan State Spartans, the perfect cup of Earl Grey tea and planning a wedding with the amazing man God designed for her.

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